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Update: Suspect fatally shoots Maine deputy before stealing cruiser, robbing convenience store


Update: New information indicates a different series of events than what were originally reported.  Instead of Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Eugene Cole being murdered when responding to a robbery at a Cumberland Farms convenience store, Cole was instead killed earlier, and the suspect took his cruiser and used it during the robbery.

The series of events began around 1:45 a.m. this morning.

Williams is described as a 5’6″, 120-pound pile of human excrement who fatally shot Cole before stealing his cruiser and robbing the Cumberland Farms store before fleeing.  A massive manhunt is currently underway for Willams.

The slain deputy has been identified as 62-year-old Deputy Eugene Cole, who has a son that also works for the same department.

The suspect, who remains at large, has been identified as 29-year-old John Williams. Williams is described as being 5’6″, 120 pounds, with brown hair that is shaved on the sides with a pony tail on top.

Multiple law enforcement agencies including the FBI are aiding in the manhunt for Williams, who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Authorities are reportedly pursuing Williams across the central Maine region while many schools are in lockdown, according to Central Maine.

Multiple law enforcement officials were on scene in the Norridgewock and Skowhegan area Wednesday morning following an early morning report of a robbery at a local convenience store.

This is reportedly the first law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Maine since 1989.


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